Author: Patricia Grace
Title: Dogside Story
Publication Info: University of Hawaii Press (2002), Paperback, 304 pages
Set just before the turn of the millennium in 2000, Dogside Story takes place in a rural Maori community historically born of a family feud. The novel deals with family, using communication to resolve community problems, and the erosion of traditions as the younger people adopt the ways of the white people or move away to the cities. Storytelling is important to the community and many wonderful stories are woven into the narrative. I struggled with this book due to dialogue which is rich in accents and lingo as well as the large cast of characters who I found difficult to sort out. That of course is reader error and should not reflect poorly on this lyrical, insightful, and humorous novel. Here’s a link to a much better review.